We checked out Buffalo Bill State Park Campground first. Even though
it had electric and was kind of scenic it was out on a dirt road.
Nice place to camp but not so convenient for area sight seeing. GPS
also took us to the wrong location so we ended up just
following the signs which can be somewhat problematic on
unfamiliar roads. We had camped at Holiday Park on several occasions
but this was the first time we visited venues or even drove into the
town of North Platte. After setting up the trailer we went for a
walk on a concrete canal path near the park and the next day we went
to Buffalo Bill’s historic ranch. The famed frontiersman had the
ranch house barns and other buildings built on empty land in North
Platte near the Union Pacific rail yard. He called the ranch Scouts
Rest and planned to retire there but a conversation with the Mayor
over a July Fourth celebration launched his career as an
This career ended when one of his three show trains was
involved in a fatal crash destroying many of his specially trained
horses. William Cody better known as Buffalo Bill was a great under
appreciated American and one of the only civilian Congressional
Medal of Honor recipients. Paid women and Indians the same as he
paid white men and was more complicated then the "Dime Store Cowboy"
he is portrayed as. If you havnt read his autobiography ,still
available in libraries you should.
The Barn wasn't empty as it was filled with an array of period
appropriate wagons. Scout's Rest wasn't Cody's first ranching
The next day we went to The
Golden Spike Tower overlooking the Union Pacific’s Baily
train yard the largest in the World.
From the Golden Spike Tower we drove down town
and visited the Memorial and spent aa short while reading names
and looking st the statues of the Military hero's honored at the
Twentieth Century Militery Memorial
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